Last month we reported that Brian Beletic, a hotshot commercials director, was going to be making his feature helming debut on Matterhorn (previously titled The Hill). At the time, Jason Dean Hall was penning the project. But now it appears as though Ehren Kruger (Transformers 2, Scream 3) has been brought on to either revise or rewrite Hall's original draft. It's also worth noting that this project might get another title change. Since they're now just referring to it as Untitled Mountain Adventure Movie or something (there's several variations on this in the articles headline and content). Per The Hollywood Reporter, "High-flying scribe Ehren Kruger has been tapped to work on Disneys untitled explorers movie project... The project formerly was associated with the Matterhorn ride at Disneyland but its scope has since been broadened. The story centers on five young adventure seekers -- an action sports guy, travel guide, cartographer, archeologist and escape artist -- who venture into the Alps for mysterious reasons and face Yetis that guard a secret." We were previously told the project had a supernatural bent. No word yet on if Kruger's involvement means that it will be brought up in the first act and then dropped like a hot potato.
Writer/Director Riley Stearns shot Magnificat, a short starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing (2011), Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and Stephen Tobolowsky (Memento, Groundhog Day, Buried), over one weekend this past summer. It's now complete and is well worth checking out. It's a quiet, suspenseful and creepy 13 minutes. In the short, "A young woman is tormented by malevolent visions that begin to bleed into reality." Hit the jump to take a look!
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright is going big time as Disney has set the British filmmaker to get behind the camera for the long-gestured The Night Stalker, the remake of the ABC telepic and series that the studio is developing as a potential star vehicle for Johnny Depp (Dark Shadows, A Nightmare on Elm Street) to play intrepid tabloid reporter Carl Kolchak, reports Deadline. Wright comes aboard before the studio has set a writer, and he will oversee and shape the project with Depp and Dembrowski from the ground floor. The film took root at the studio last summer, borne out of Depp and Dembrowskis fond memories of the original '70s movie and series that starred Darren McGavin. He covered crime for a tabloid and his cases always led to supernatural perpetrators that included zombies, vampires, werewolves and aliens. Of course, neither his editor nor anyone else would believe him or allow him to run what seemed like outrageous stories. But Kolchak would put himself in grave danger each episode. The subject matter will be tailored to fit Disney's family film mandate and likely get a PG-13 rating.
Every day Rick Grimes and the other survivors inhabit a world ravaged by the zombie apocalypse. Fortunately, the real world is not quite so bleak, leaving the CGI masters at Stargate Studios to fill in the gaps between reality and what you see on TV. In this new video breakdown, check out some of the expert visual effects that were added to "The Walking Dead" Season 2, from expanding a handful of walkers into a ravenous herd, to creating (and destroying) an entire city. Don't miss an all-new episode of "The Walking Dead" this Sunday at 9/8c on AMC.
Most genre outfits bailed on this hilarious program, but it quickly has become one of my favorite half-hour shows on the small screen. Comedy Central's "Ugly Americans" returns with all-new episodes featuring the affable human social worker Mark Lilly (voiced by Matt Oberg), along with his creature cohorts of zombies, wizards, batboys and other assorted weirdos. The animated comedy returns with seven half-hour episodes beginning on Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 p.m., following all-new episodes of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning series, "South Park." "It's an "ugly" world out there, but Mark Lilly is ready to help solve any number of problems. Working alongside his peculiar colleagues, he helps integrate Monster-Americans into the madness of New York City. Whether he's taking custody of a tiny arsonist or making new zombie friends, Mark meets every challenge with a positive attitude. But as everyone knows, a positive attitude doesn't always go far in New York City. Mark's co-workers offer him little assistance: Twayne (Michael-Leon Wooley), is a clueless demonic bureaucrat; Mark's succubus girlfriend Callie Maggotbone (Natasha Leggero) cares more about sex than she cares about work; his wizard office mate Leonard Powers (Randy Pearlstein) would rather be drinking; and Lt. Grimes (Larry Murphy) is just an idiot. At least Mark still has his zombie roommate, Randall Skeffington (Kurt Metzger), who is always there for him...as long as he covers the rent."
Above you'll find a pretty great teaser trailer for My Fair Zombie, an obvious spoof on the classic My Fair Lady starring the beautiful Audrey Hepburn. My Fair Zombie is a horror comedy to be directed by Brett Kelly. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, "the story concerns a professor of phonetics who attempts to teach a zombie woman to be a proper English Lady." The script is by Kelly and frequent collaborator Trevor Payer (She-Rex). Casting is yet to be completed and the movie hasn't been shot. We'll return to this if it ever gets of the ground.
A western-themed horror film entitled The Prospectors Curse has wrapped production near the remote town of Pontypool, Ontario. Set during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890's, the darkly comedic short is written and directed by Josh Heisie (Mail Order Bride) and produced by Bruno Marino. "Theodore Tubby Ellsworth and Jack Smith are two criminals on the run, lost in the untamed wilderness. When they stumble across a mutilated prospector, dying on Native American land, they promise to give him a Christian burial. The fugitives break their oath and steal the old mans gold, but that night the prospectors corpse returns to make them pay!" The talent lineup for The Prospector's Curse includes David Roberts (Curious and Unusual Deaths), Johnny Quinn (Minds Eye: The Series), Amanda Ives (I Hate Toronto: A Love Story) and Robert Nolan (Worm). Rounding out the creative team are Director of Photography Michael Jari Davidson (SICK) and Special Effects Makeup Artist Carlos Henriques (Red: Werewolf Hunter) of The Butcher Shop.
It's a super slow news morning so why not experience Sarah Murphy's fear first hand as she finds herself sealed in her family's secluded lake house with We All Have Secrets, the chilling new Facebook App for upcoming horror thriller Silent House (review), starring Elizabeth Olsen. What skeletons are you hiding in your closet? Are you prepared to face them? Anonymously share your deepest, darkest secrets and read the confessions people have shared across the internet, all in one place: we-all-have-secrets.com. "'Silent House' is a uniquely unsettling horror thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Sarah, a young woman who finds herself sealed inside her family's secluded lake house. With no contact to the outside world, and no way out, panic turns to terror as events become increasingly ominous in and around the house." Directed by Open Water filmmaking duo Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, Silent House uses meticulous camera choreography to take the audience on a tension-filled, real time journey, experienced in a single uninterrupted shot. It premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival.
After causing local uproar during production (back last May), we brought you the first ever photos and art for Alex Chandon Inbred, a new indie that premiered at last summer's Frightfest UK starring Jo Hartley, Seamus O'Neill, James Doherty, James Burrows, Nadine Mulkerrin, Neil Leiper, and Terry Haywood. "The pic follows a disparate group of young urban offenders and their care workers embark on a community service weekend in the strange, remote Yorkshire village of Mortlake, which prides on keeping itself to itself. A minor incident with some locals rapidly escalates into a blood-soaked, deliriously warped nightmare for all involved." This afternoon the FULL trailer was finally revealed, while you'll find more at the film's official website or Facebook. No word on a release date yet.
Just because you don't believe in ghosts doesn't mean they don't believe in you! "Penny is a skeptic, despite the fact that she works as a tour guide at The Whaley House, considered America's most haunted house. One night her friends convince her to let them into the famous museum to see if it is as haunted as everyone says it is, and they find much more than they bargained for." Writer/director Jose Prendes (Corpses Are Forever, A Magnificent Death from a Shattered Hand) is currently in pre-production on The Whaley House, a blood-soaked haunted house chiller like no other. "It's been a while since I've been behind the camera, so I am excited for the chance to make a really kick-ass haunted house movie," says Prendes. "Like a lot of you, I appreciate a great ghost story, and I want to deliver the goods. I'm a huge fan of Poltergeist, which I consider to be the greatest haunted house movie ever. That movie manages to balance suspense and crazy balls-to-the-wall ghosts, and I want to follow that model. I see the film as 'Scream' in a haunted house, only with the over-the-top grisly joy of 'Evil Dead.' I want to deliver one hell of a movie night for horror fans the world over." Watch for more at the film's official Facebook.
Russian director Sergey Bodrovs adventure pic The Seventh Son for Legendary Pictures and Thunder Road Pictures is set to start shooting soon in Vancouver. And now it appears that the female villain from Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman: Man Of Steel - Antje Traue - is making a lateral move among the Legendary slate to appear in this film as well. Per Variety,"With production on 'Man of Steel' wrapping up, relative newcomer Antje Traue is staying in business with Legendary Pictures, as the German thesp is joining the cast of 'The Seventh Son.'" The film also stars Julianne Moore (Shelter, Hannibal) and Jeff Bridges (R.I.P.D.) - and is targeting a February 15, 2013 release by Warner Bros. Pictures. The ensemble cast includes Ben Barnes, Kit Harington and Alicia Vikander. "The family fantasy movie portrays the seventh son of a seventh son learning how to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts in the 1700s." The Seventh Son is based on Joseph Delaney's young adult book series, with Matt Greenberg penning the movie script. It was originally entitled "The Spook's Apprentice" but they probably thought better of it after looking at the grosses for The Sorcerer's Apprentice and The Vampire's Assistant.
This past weekend Stephen King made an appearance at the Savannah Book Festival. During his lecture or Q&A, which apparently touched on all aspects of his career, he read an excerpt from his new sequel to The Shining - "Dr. Sleep". While the sequel is far ranging and the bulk of it takes place many years after the events in The Shining - and apparently includes vampires for some reason - this portion of the first chapter directly concerns The Overlook Hotel. So it should be of direct concern to you. The folks over at The Daily Dead got the video. Hit the jump to check it out!
Reaching into the heavens, the Federal Building is the ultimate symbol of government authority, power, and security. But for some its the perfect target to expose our nations vulnerability to attack as well as expose potentially deadly secrets kept from its citizens. Its only a matter of time... Anchor Bay Entertainment begins The Terror Experiment April 12th on Blu-ray and DVD. Directed by George Mendeluk and featuring an all-star cast including Jason London (Out Cold, Dazed and Confused), C. Thomas Howell (E.T. The Extraterrestrial, The Hitcher, The Outsiders, Camel Spiders), Alicia Leigh Willis (7th Heaven, The L Word, General Hospital), Lochlyn Munro (Freddy vs. Jason, White Chicks, Scary Movie), and Alexander Mendeluk (Twilight and Twilight: New Moon) with Robert Carradine (Lizzie McGuire, Revenge of the Nerds franchise) and Judd Nelson (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmos Fire, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), The Terror Experiment will take viewers on a pulse-pounding journey through a towering hell above Earth and into an inferno of unstoppable thrills! "A terrorist sets off an explosion that rocks the Federal Building and unleashes a toxic gas throughout the ventilation system. His purpose: to expose the Government's secret biological warfare weapon, a deadly virus that instantly attacks a person's adrenal system, causing them to become inhumanly aggressive, with an uncontrollable urge to kill each other." Watch a clip with some terrible acting below.
"Lost" and "Sons Of Anarchy" alum Titus Welliver is the first actor cast in NBCs drama pilot "Midnight Sun," reports Deadline. "The thriller, based on an Israeli format, follows the mysterious disappearance of Midnight Sun, a group living on a cult-like commune in Alaska, and a female FBI cult specialist leading the investigation that uncovers a larger conspiracy." I can only assume it's vampires who come out every "30 days of Night" (that was a bad joke). Welliver will play Bennett Maxwell, the charismatic and manipulative leader of Midnight Sun.
Did you know Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is a semi-obsessive fan of The Shining? Neither did I until I saw this picture over at AICN. That pic led me to Unkrich's Tumblr entitled "The Overlook Hotel". Over there I found a really cool TV spot cut for the film. It doesn't feature scenes you haven't seen before, but it does feature different takes of those scenes. I could actually tell the difference since a couple of the shots are actually fairly different. Per The Overlook Hotel, "TV spots were often edited using existing prints of alternate takes, rather than going through the time and expense of creating new prints from original or duplicate negative. The commercials were edited on film, not video, so it was just easier to use the alternate takes, which were already sitting unused in the cutting room. This certainly makes sense, and seems to have been standard practice at the time, but it still strikes me as odd that Kubrick wouldnt insist upon using only the footage that appeared in the finished film. Regardless, the commercial remains a fascinating glimpse into an alternate version of the film that was not meant to be." Hit the jump to check it out!
After making its debut at the SXSW Film Festival next month, Lionsgate will unleash their top secret, high-concept slasher The Cabin in the Woods unto the world on Friday, April 13. Obviously imagery will be tight-kept if the secrets of Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon's inventive slasher are to be continually locked. A new image has been released that keeps the reveal sealed, but for those lucky enough to have seen the film know there's a lot to be said about the still. What are Marty (Fran Kranz, left), Curt (Chris Hemsworth, center) and Jules (Anna Hutchison, right) all looking at? "A group of friends at a cabin retreat scratch the surface of something so massive and horrific that they can only begin to fathom it as time quickly runs out. If you think you know this story, think again. 'Cabin in the Woods' is a mind-blowing horror film that turns the genre inside out."
Over the course of three years, a television crew of paranormal inspectors disproved 49 cases of supernatural contact. Soon they will be the ones refuted On April 17th Image Entertainment invites you to join the hunt with Episode 50, a said to be terrifying and manic thriller coming to DVD. " 'Episode 50' follows two rival television crews of supernatural experts: one team of skeptics looking to discredit myths about the paranormal and another team of strong believers seeking to prove their existence. Teaming up for the first time for a special episode, the crews gets far more than they bargained for when they make contact with a spirit of tremendous power and must band together to stop it before it destroys them all." Directed by Joe and Tess Smalley and starring Josh Folan, Natalie Wetta, Eleanor Wilson and Justin Brutico, Episode 50 is said to keep you at the edge of your seat until the credits roll.
There's nothing more comforting than the love of a Mother for her children. But beware any Mother when her children are threatened! And for a certain diabolical Mother and her vicious progeny, she'll send anyone who threatens her brood straight to Hell itself! Anchor Bay Films presents the ultimate "Mother" with the May 8th release of Mother's Day on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack and on DVD. With an all-star cast including Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle, Wedding Crashers), Jamie King (Red Tails, My Bloody Valentine, Sin City), Brianna Evigan (S. Darko, Step Up 2: The Streets), Patrick John Flueger (Footloose, Brothers), Deborah Ann Woll (HBO's True Blood), Lyriq Bent (Saw II-IV, Skinwalkers), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Minority Report) and Shawn Ashmore (the X-Men films, Frozen), Mother's Day is the chilling and gorier remake of the 1980 Troma classic by the same name. Mother's Day will also have an exclusive theatrical engagement in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago on May 4th in select theaters. Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) with screen story and screenplay by Scott Milam based on the original Mother's Day written by Charles Kaufman and Warren Leight, Mother's Day is a graphic remake of the Troma horror classic. "After a bank robbery gone wrong, three brothers go home to hideout only to discover that their Mother (Rebecca De Mornay) lost their house in a foreclosure. The new owners and their party guests become the depraved brothers' unwitting hostages. Their sadistic Mother soon arrives and brilliantly takes control of the situation, ratcheting up the terror. As the hostages struggle desperately to survive the harrowing torture, they realize that there is nothing a Mother won't do to protect her children." The Mother's Day Blu-ray and DVD feature an audio commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actor Shawn Ashmore.
Co-written and directed by Joseph Kahn, the bizarre, twisted and hysterical Detention tells the story of the senior class at Grizzly Lake high school. The road to graduation is never an easy one, but it's further complicated for these students by the arrival of a slasher movie killer who has seemingly come to life. The only ones who can stop the killer are a handful of students, but they'll have to cut out of detention if they're to stand a chance at saving the world. Opening in theaters April 13 from Samuel Goldwyn Films, David Harley says Detention is "mesmerizing and something you definitely wont be able to take yours eyes off of." Check out the first clip below that doesn't bring the bloodshed, but will give you an idea of the film's tone. Also dig on the newly launched official website for more.
Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth, Blade 2, Pacific Rim) has come onboard with Reel FX to produce a CG-animated film with the working title Day of the Dead, reports Variety. Del Toro will also present the film, directed by Jorge R. Gutierrez (who directed tons of animation for "Mad" TV), from a script he wrote with Gutierrez and Doug Langdale. Reel FX will produce alongside Aaron Berger and Carina Schulze of Chatrone. Story's a "Romeo and Juliet"-style tale set against a Mexican "Day of the Dead" backdrop. It's the first time since 1993's Cronos that del Toro has collaborated on a feature project set in Mexico. "This is a colorful, vibrant, vital fable that utilizes the animation medium in an incredible way," del Toro said. Reel FX said "Day of the Dead" is scheduled to be released in fall 2014.